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Holbeach United campaign for funds to build 'Lefty's Lair' for long time supporter Alan Wright

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A heartfelt campaign hopes to reward a long-standing football supporter with his own ‘lair’.

Alan Wright, popularly known as ‘Lefty’, has been a supporter of Holbeach United for nearly 50 years - and the club wants to honour him with his own special pitch-side hut.

New joint-manager Simon Roberts only joined the Tigers six weeks ago, but was quickly struck by how committed the team’s fanbase is - particularly Lefty.

Holbeach United hope to create Leftys Lair for supporter Alan Wright
Holbeach United hope to create Leftys Lair for supporter Alan Wright

He is often spotted around the ground at Carters Park, handling jobs such as painting, tidying up and anything else that is needed.

He also sells programmes on matchdays.

Now, Mr Roberts wants to create a place for Lefty to house his club merchandise, prizes and himself.

“I just couldn’t believe how friendly the people were, and one of the first people I met was Lefty,” he said.

“They call him Lefty the Legend, and he’s followed Holbeach for 48 years.

“He does so much for the football club. He does raffles, he does stuff for the darts team, he does stuff for the football. He does loads.

“It’ll be lashing down on a matchday and he’ll be sitting out selling raffle tickets, selling Holbeach pin badges, selling scarves to try and raise money.

“If the people of Holbeach who know Lefty can donate, then we can get it done.”

His new hut will be called ‘Lefty’s Lair’ - a play on the fact that tigers often live in a lair.

Mr Roberts and his co-manager Danny Clifton hope to raise £1,000 for the project. At the time of going to press, they have collected £480 of that target.

Lefty normally sits next to the turnstiles, so when people come into the ground he can immediately offer them raffle tickets.

“We thought if he could sit in a hut or a shed or little makeshift home, he won’t get wet and it’ll be a little attraction for him - something he deserves after 48 years,” Mr Roberts added.

“It’s something to call his home.

“I’ve been so impressed by him and other people at the football club. It made me feel so welcome.”

Former first team manager Gary Frost has been amongst those who have donated so far.

The club has voiced its support for Lefty on its social media platforms over the past week - and staff hope they can complete the fundraiser by the start of July.

Anybody wishing to donate to Lefty’s Lair can do so by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-to-build-leftys-lair

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